How to Shoot Slide Film Nature Photography

Not everybody is a professional photographer. Most people just want good pictures. It's easy to capture nature with your camera if you understand the "basics" of how to shoot slides. You could easily spend countless hours delving into the details of slide photography.


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    Understand the importance of light. The biggest difference between your shot of a beautiful piece of scenery and a professional nature photographer's shot is that the pro was probably waiting for hours to find exactly the right sort of light.
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    Having a good tripod will make all the difference in your nature photos. Many times, brilliant colors come from waiting until the sun is mostly set and taking a long exposure.
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    Slide film or E6 comes in many flavors and brands. Most nature photographers shoot either ISO 50 or ISO 100 films.
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    Avoid direct sunlight into the lens. Subjects such as Alpine Lakes are best shot in early morning and early evening, also known as the golden hour. Most mountain landscapes can be shot between 9am and 12 noon during summer months, for example.
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    Develop a good eye for composition. Composition is another important part of any photography but especially nature photography. The basic three parts to a good composition are: foreground, middle ground and a background subject. For example, this can be grass or flowers, a lake for middle ground and a mountain as the background. Try not to shoot a lake or mountain by itself. Try to include other elements. Experiment a little!


  • You are not required to shoot at the speed the film says on the box. Some folks shoot Velvia 50 at 40. Some folks shoot Velvia 100 at 80. Some folks shoot Kodachrome 64 at 80. It depends. Sometimes, you'll have a different speed depending on which color you are trying to draw out. Your best bet is to shoot
  • The film you choose has a great effect on your colors. Velvia 50 and Velvia 100 are well-known for providing easy access to brilliantly saturated colors. Velvia 100F is not nearly as saturated. Kodachrome 25, which is now discontinued, and Kodachrome 64 will saturate the oranges and reds, but not so much the other colors. Kodak E100VS has often times the same saturated colors as Velvia, but the blacks aren't always as good. Provia and E100G aim to be more "true to life".
  • "E6" is an industry term for how most slide films are developed. For best results, store your slide film in a refrigerator at around 59°F (15°C) before you take it out on a shoot. After the shoot put it back in. Slide film is sensitive to heat and this will ensure longer life and help to preserve those vibrant colors you spent hours capturing, although in the past 20 years, slide films have become progressively less sensitive to heat.

Things You'll Need

  • Basic 35mm SLR Film Camera, Lenses, Tripod, Remote and Slide Film.

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Categories: Nature and Outdoor Photography